On Saturday, June 13, the family of Havildar K. Palani had performed the housewarming of their newly built home near Ramnathapuram town of South Tamil Nadu. Unfortunately, the brave soldier would never step into his newly built home as was killed in the Galwan Valley face-off with China on Tuesday.
Palani’s family hails from Kadukkalur village near Thirudvadanai town in the Ramanathapuram district, but he chose to build a house near Ramanthapuram town, 65 kms from his village, to allow his children to attend a good school.
In view of the tension between the two armies, Palani, 40, was unable to get a leave to come home for the function. But his wife Vanathidevi, son Prasanna, 10, daughter Divya, 8, and Palani’s other relatives had attended the function. Now, Palani’s body is expected to arrive at his family home at in Kadukkalur village.
Palani’s younger brother Idhayakani, who is also with the army and is stationed in Rajasthan, is being flown home for the funeral, which is expected to take place on Wednesday. Palani hails from an agricultural family but had chosen to join the army 22 years ago and his younger brother followed suit.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palnaiswami, condoling the death of Palani, announced a relief of Rs.20 lakhs for his family and also a government job to an eligible family member. He said the final rites would be performed with state honours.
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